20 FREE adventures on Public Lands Day Sept 28!

A girl scout troop planted 100 trees on Public Lands Day 2012 at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge.

flickr, Jose G. Martinez/USFWS-Southeast

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Public Lands Day - an entire day dedicated to celebrating all that our public lands offer.

Free entrance to public lands

The best way to celebrate of course is to visit those lands, and Americans can do so for free on September 28th - including National Parks, National Monuments, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, Wilderness areas, and more. 

While you are at your favorite place, why not lend a hand to show your love? You can get a coupon for another free day at any public land when you volunteer!

Find a project

There are many opportunities to get involved nationwide, including projects like trail maintenance, park clean ups, invasive weed removal and more.

You can find find a participating site near you on the National Public Lands Day interactive map. 

If you want to extend your celebration, you can make a reservation at a campground at Recreation.gov.

In honor of the 20th anniversary, here are 20 ways you can have fun this Public Lands Day, or any other day of the year, at a special place near you. Find out more at recreation.gov.

  1. Hiking
  2. Picnicking
  3. Biking
  4. Swimming
  5. Boating
  6. Fishing
  7. Wildlife watching
  8. Camping
  9. Horseback riding
  10. Stargazing
  11. Geocaching
  12. Backpacking
  13. Snorkeling
  14. Surfing
  15. Rock climbing
  16. Scenic driving
  17. Photography
  18. Snowshoeing
  19. Skiing
  20. Learn!